5 Must-See Broadway Shows in May

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This spring, the Theater District is a hotbed of star-driven revivals and new plays. TicketsatWork.com has special offers on some of the most popular new productions – both timely and timeless.

Here’s a quick peek – grab your seats now with great tickets savings.

1. Sunset BoulevardHere’s your chance to see Glenn Close on Broadway. The celebrated movie actress, and three-time Tony Award winner, has returned in the tour de force performance in Sunset Boulevard. Plan an evening to enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterwork of dreams and desire in the land called Hollywood.

Based on Billy Wilder’s classic film of the same name, Close delivers a triumphant star performance. She won her third Tony for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in the original 1994 Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard.

Enjoy the show with Glenn Close before the final performance on June 25.

2. IndecentPulitzer winner Paula Vogel’s Indecent is now performing at the Cort Theatre. Inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, Indecent delivers a provocative drama that’s both touching and illuminating.

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3. Groundhog DayThe August Wilson Theatre plays host to Groundhog Day, the new musical comedy based on the much-loved film. This is a tale of living life to the fullest, one day at a time – and is now nominated for an impressive seven Tony Awards! Continue reading

Employee Engagement Starts With You

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I was honored to be the keynote speaker at TicketsatWork’s HR client “breakfast and learn” event earlier this month. The opportunity reminded me of how at home I feel when surrounded by other HR professionals.

My discussion was entitled “Best Practices for Building a Winning Company Culture: What it Takes to Engage the Modern Employee and the Upside of Rewarding.” The presentation allowed me to explore various aspects of HR’s contributions to enhancing employee engagement, with a focus on rewarding employees.

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Of all the points made during my presentation the 3 that stood out to me, which can often be missed by even the savviest of HR professionals, were as follows:

1. Recognize the underlying reason for recognition:
Dr. Phil can often be quoted saying that “a relationship is only as good as its ability to meet the needs of the two people in it”.

The first thought that popped in your head may have included a family member or significant other. Don’t worry, that’s why I grew to love this quote. But, what if we removed loved one and inserted employer and employee?

Employees tend to quit jobs because of what they perceive as a one-sided relationship. It is important for HR and leadership to identify what really motivates their employees and just do it. That may sound easier said than done, but very possible.

Employees want to be recognized and supported. If you don’t believe me, then ask them. The onus is on HR and leadership to stabilize and maintain the tone of the employment relationship. My guess is that employees will follow suit, as they usually do, provided the culture is positive and conducive for carrying out their tasks at hand.

2. Define what recognition means within your organization:
All too often, leadership identifies a problem that HR is tasked to solve without very little thought to identifying the root cause. Low sales and other negative patterns tend to be a symptom of a larger issue. Sure, you can temporarily fix low sales with higher incentives or some other initiative, but the symptom may come back.

Let’s say your administrative staff is struggling to meet deadlines. You may be inclined to address the timeliness of their work without addressing the root cause. If you addressed the root cause, you may find out that they feel overworked and underappreciated. With that additional information, you could change their work experience and potentially ward off any looming resignations.

An idea would be to examine their workload to ensure it is manageable and reasonable. In concert with your examination, you could begin a rewards program for the support staff within your organization to recognize them for their hard work.

3. Determine a reward budget that fits your business needs

Money, oh money!

I know that money is a sensitive subject for many organizations, but it doesn’t have to be.

When challenged with where to find the money to begin a rewards program consider a few things:

  • It is possible to re-allocate the existing budget to implement a rewards program. For instance, the $10K allocated to this year’s holiday party can be reduced by an agreed upon number for the purposes of implementing the rewards program. Yes, this will mean one less round of open bar for the staff, but the benefits of a year-round recognition program outweigh that sacrifice.
  • Leadership wants to see the ROI on the rewards program before it begins. The best way to navigate the conversation is to request case studies and other current data from your rewards program partner, like TicketsatWork. They want you to be successful in determining the budget and will provide you with as much assistance as you need to succeed.
  • You must know what’s important to your organization and use that as leverage. Let’s say the leadership team has been toying with the idea of starting a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. A rewards program is a great way to kick off and maintain a CSR program at your organization. As an example, if your organization values community service, employees could be rewarded to volunteer time at a non-profit within the community. This initiative would have a layered effect – engagement of staff, individual employee recognition and will serve as a marketing tool for the organization.

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I know as well as anyone how busy it gets within HR. However, no matter how busy things get, we must remember that if not for the employees we would be out of a job. HR has a duty to support and maintain a healthy and happy culture, where the employer and employee are engaged in a reciprocal relationship.

Identifying and supporting initiatives to engage employees is the most talked about subject, but many organizations fail to get it right. As an HR professional never forget that engagement starts with you!

By: Sana Rasul, President and CEO of HR Girlfriends

The Top 5 Tony-Nominated Musicals to See Now in NYC

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Catch Tony Nominee Bette Midler as she performs in Hello, Dolly!

Love musicals? You’re in luck: The 2016-17 Broadway season featured a wonderfully diverse array of new musicals. And, now that the Tony nominations have been announced, this is the perfect time to check out the best of Broadway.

Of course, only one can take home the big prize for Best Musical on June 11 when the Tonys are presented at Radio City Music Hall in a gala ceremony hosted by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey. But until then, check out these top five Tony-nominated musicals – and decide for yourself who should nab the ultimate honors.

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  1. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812A techno-pop musical based on the massive literary classic War and Peace? Seems like a weird idea, but this unlikely hit has reaped this year’s most Tony nominations, with 12 nods. Pop star Josh Groban stars as Pierre, the dissolute son of a noble Russian family and newcomer Denée Benton is the innocent Natasha, teetering on the brink of a scandalous affair. Both are Tony nominated. After the show’s two Off-Broadway runs, set designer Mimi Lein reconfigured the Imperial Theatre into a Soviet supper club and director Rachel Chavkin guides the action, which takes place all around you. Dave Molloy, who played Pierre Off-Broadway, wrote the eclectic score and book.
  2. Hello, Dolly!Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M herself, returns to Broadway in Jerry Herman’s beloved classic focusing on the irrepressible matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi. Believe it or not, this is Midler’s Broadway debut in a leading musical role. She first appeared on the Great White Way as a replacement for one of Tevye’s daughters in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof. When she became a superstar she headlined two concert productions and then played legendary agent Sue Mengers in a solo non-musical play I’ll Eat You Last. Dolly! is up for 10 Tonys and Midler, who has already won the Outer Critics Circle Award, is the favorite to take Best Actress in a Musical. Continue reading

2017 Tony Award Nominations Announced: ‘The Great Comet’ Leads the Pack

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 leads the 2017 Tony Nominations (Photo: Chad Batka)

‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812’ leads the 2017 Tony Nominations (Photo: Chad Batka)

They’re in! The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced live on May 2, 2017, by Tony nominee Christopher Jackson and Tony winner Jane Krakowski. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 tops the 2017 Tony nominations with a whopping 12 nods, and the revival of Hello, Dolly! trails close behind with a total of 10 nominations.

House of Cards star Kevin Spacey will host this year’s Tony Awards, to be held at Radio City Music Hall next month, on Sunday, June 11. If Spacey’s prior work on Broadway – including his 1991 Tony Award for Best Actor in Lost in Yonkers is any indication – then it looks like Broadway’s biggest night will be one of splendid entertainment.

Check out the list below of Tony Award nominations for main categories in musicals and plays. In the meantime, now’s your chance to take in several of these show-stopping Tony-nominated productions on the Great White Way, and TicketsatWork.com has your tickets at great prices to see them all. Shop now and save!

And the nominees are…

Best Musical
Dear Evan Hansen
Come From Away
Groundhog Day
The Great Comet


Best Play
Indecent
Sweat
Oslo
A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Revival of a Musical
Falsettos
Miss Saigon
Hello, Dolly!

Best Revival of a Play
Six Degrees of Separation
Present Laughter
The Little Foxes
Jitney

Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Josh Groban, The Great Comet
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Denee Benton, The Great Comet
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint

Best Leading Actor in a Play
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Jefferson Mays, Oslo
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation

Best Leading Actress in a Play
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2